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The March 2024 Ms. JD Leadership Academy Intensive will take place on March 15-16, 2024 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

The Intensive will feature impactful leadership workshops, inspiring panel discussions, and an empowering keynote conversation.  Hear attorneys, thought leaders, and professional development professionals speaking on their personal experiences of women in leadership positions and their advice on developing the professional skills required to become and support women in leadership. 

Whether you want to develop your authentic voice, enhance your negotiation skills, or learn tips for being the most effective leader possible, the Ms. JD Leadership Academy Intensive will provide the space, support, and resources for you to do so. Participation in the Leadership Academy Intensive will greatly enhance your national law school network, equip you with tools necessary for professional development, and will generally provide opportunities that would not have existed otherwise.

Applications are currently closed for the March Leadership Academy Intensive. To be notified when we open applications for the September 2024 Leadership Academy Intensive, please join the waitlist.


March 2024 Agenda

Friday, March 15th

12:00- 1:00 pm: Registration & Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm: Authentic Leadership
In this session, discover how to embrace your unique leadership style and make informed decisions that align with your true self, empowering you to step into your leadership role with authenticity and confidence.

2:00-2:15 pm: Break

2:15- 3:15 pm: Panel Discussion: Stress Management and Burnout Prevention Techniques
Do you ever feel like you’re struggling to balance everything going on in your life? We've compiled a group of high-performing attorneys to share how they have found success in their careers, while managing their mental health.

3:30- 4:45 pm: Articulating Your Value
Learn effective techniques to identify and clearly communicate your value and stand out in leadership roles, empowering you to unlock new opportunities and achieve career success.

5:00- 7:00 pm: Welcome Reception

Saturday, March 16th

9:00-9:30 am: Check-In & Breakfast

9:30-11:00 am: The Power of Perception: Creating your Personal Brand
This session will dive into the benefits of a personal brand. Join us to hear from industry experts on tips and tricks for building your own brand, and how this can shape your career trajectory. You will also learn how to leverage platforms like LinkedIn and the benefits of a personal website.

11:00-11:20 am: Break

11:20-12:30 pm: Designing Your Dream Career Path
Determine and evaluate your strengths and unique abilities to create a fulfilling career path that is the right fit for you.

12:25- 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15- 2:15 pm: Panel Discussion: Shaping the Future: DEI Initiatives and Women's Leadership
We've come a long way, but we have a long way to go. This panel discussion of DEI professionals and leadership experts will discuss the changes in the legal profession, how women lawyers and law students can spark change, and how participation in DEI initiatives can help you advance your career.

2:15- 2:30pm: Break

2:30- 3:45pm: Fireside Chat with Kenya Jenkins-Wright

3:45-5:00 pm: Shakespeare and Effective Communications
This session offers a unique perspective on improving communication skills by drawing inspiration from the timeless works of William Shakespeare. This workshop promises to equip participants with valuable tools to navigate the complexities of human interaction with confidence and eloquence.

5:00- 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

Meet our March 2024 Keynote Speakers

Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright
General Counsel, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission

Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright is the General Counsel of the Illinois Guardianship Advocacy Commission (IGAC), an executive state agency focused on safeguarding the rights of persons with disabilities. She has served under two Governors of both parties since February 2015. Ms. Jenkins-Wright manages litigation strategy and advises the Executive Director on all legal, compliance, ethics, and auditing matters facing the IGAC and its three divisions. Prior to joining IGAC, she served as a commercial litigator
handling product liability, medical malpractice, and Section 1983 civil rights action with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and Greene and Letts (n/k/a Zuber Lawler).

Ms. Jenkins-Wright has received numerous awards in recognition of her work to increase access to justice and her community involvement including: Chicago Bar Association’s Earl Dickerson Award (2023); Top 50 Women in Law, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer (2021); Northern Illinois University College of Law Alum of the Year (2022); Illinois Bar Foundation inaugural Changemaker Award (2020); National Bar Association 40 Under 40 (2018); Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch (2014); American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Star of the Year Award; Illinois Super Lawyer; Cook County Bar Association’s Junior Counselor Award; and Cook County Bar Association President’s Award.

Ms. Jenkins-Wright is the President of the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF). She is a member of the First District Committee on Character and Fitness for the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. She also serves as an ARDC Hearing Board Member and as a member of the NIU-COL Board of Visitors. As an active Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) member, she is the Co-Chair of the ISBA’s Steering Committee on Equity and Justice. She is an appointed member of the ISBA Standing Committee on Disability Law, Women and the Law Committee, and Bench & Bar Section Council.

Her prior leadership roles include the following: President, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA); ISBA Board of Governors; Chair of ISBA’s Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law; Board member, Cook County Bar Association, the oldest African American Bar Association in the country; Past President of the NIU-COL Alumni Council; Past President of the CBF Young Professionals Board; and Diversity Director, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Ms. Jenkins-Wright received her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Valparaiso University, magna cum laude. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Kori Carew
Chief Catalyst Officer and Founder, Bridge 68 LLC

Kori is a people inclusion strategist, advocate, speaker, coach, writer, attorney, status quo disruptor, truthteller, wife, and mother of two curly-haired, wise, energetic, fierce, spitfire daughters. Her family is multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious, and spans multiple nationalities. She brings a fierce love of community and belonging that transcends differences to her work, ministry, and life.  She loves to sing, cook, entertain, dance in the hallways at work, and read when she is not equipping leaders to be inclusive, interrupt bias, and disrupt the status quo or helping individuals live their best and fiercest lives. At her day job she focuses on developing and implementing strategies for individual career and diversity and inclusion success, helps organizations build bridges across differences and improve inclusion, coaches, trains on people, leadership, and talent development as well as diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging topics. 

Kori is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, a certified Gallup CliftonStrengths® Coach  and an IDI Qualified Administrator. She also is an Enneagram 1 (improver) and Conscious Reformer on the Insight Profiles Discovery wheel (blue). Her top 5 CliftonStrengths® are: connectedness, achiever, leaner, responsibility, and context. Kori took up painting during the pandemic and is energized by helping people live their best lives. When she is not "working" she focuses her voice and talent on issues of gender equity and rights, inclusion, and human and civil rights, serving in her church and community, entertaining in her home, and cherishing her phenomenal tribe and community. 

Kori is the Chief Catalyst Officer and Founder of the consulting firm Bridge 68 LLC which she created after 22 years of leading, advocating and counseling in law firms including leading Inclusion and Diversity strategies and programs in AmLaw 100 law firms. She was most recently the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at international law firm Seyfarth Shaw where she rolled out several talent and inclusion initiatives including the nationally recognized collaborative The Belonging Project.

Our March 2024 Session Leaders

Danielle Allison, CEO, Ms. JD, LaddHer Up

Danielle Allison


Ms. JD


Ramatu Kandakai

Personal Branding Consultant

Tutu Brand Strategies

Viktoriya Seredyuk

Founder and CEO

Lead with Candor LLC

Katie Day Winchenbach

Program Director

Ms. JD

Gabrielle M. Buckley, JD

Director, Gannon Center for Women & Leadership

Loyola University Chicago

Samantha Woo

Interim Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Audrey Rubin

Senior Advisor

BarkerGilmore LLC

Joy Monahan

Associate Director, Legal Diversity & Outside Counsel Programs


Ashleigh Stochel

Attorney & Creator/Owner

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Perilous Mouths, LLC

Amy M. Gardner, JD, MPPA, CPC



Kristine Cherek


Tread Loudly: Call Out the Bullsh*t and Fight for Equality in the Workplace

Levicy Crawford

Judge Advocate

Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors

Navy JAG

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a current law student.
  • Be a member of the Ms. JD Online Community (Join here).
  • Be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Selected participants will be responsible for all expenses related to travel and lodging.
  • Selected participants will be required to pay a $75 Program Tuition.

Why attend the Intensive?


  • Attend impactful leadership workshops and inspiring panel discussions to learn new skills.
  • Accelerate your career in the legal profession and gain the leadership skills you need to make a difference.


  • Interact with successful attorneys, thought leaders, and professional development experts.
  • Connect with other like-minded women in law school.


  • Develop skills to inspire and empower others in the legal profession.
  • Generate a competitive edge in the legal profession by learning to lead effectively.


You are part of the next generation of legal leaders...

We invite you to take this unique opportunity to develop the tools necessary to enhance your professional development, network with other law students from across the country, and become the leader YOU aspire to be.


Questions? We have answers!

What is the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive?

The Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive is a two-day in-person program with interactive sessions focused on building leadership skills, inspirational keynote speakers, and networking opportunities with other attendees and speakers.

What is the cost of the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive?

There is a $75 tuition fee for accepted attendees. In addition, attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. We strongly recommend you reach out to your law school for financial support for this program. 

How do I apply?

The application process for the March 2024 Leadership Academy Intensive is open. Applications are due by January 31st at 11:59 pm ET. Accepted attendees will be notified by February 7th. Please reach out to Ms. JD's NWLSO Director, Katie Day Winchenbach, at, with any questions or issues.

How are attendees selected?

The NWLSO team will review all applications and select attendees based on demonstrated commitment to leadership in your law school and community. Priority will be given to those who have attended the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy, but that is not a requirement to apply.  

When will I find out if I am accepted to attend the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive?

Accepted attendees will be notified by February 7th. Please reach out to Ms. JD's Program Director, Katie Day Winchenbach, at, with any questions or issues.